I have some delightful things to report from the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
The backdrop Bonnie, our pastor’s wife, got for us made a wonderful background for our Christmas program. Sheri sent me some pictures which I will include, but no one sent me a picture that comes out on smart phones with the background looking like they were out on a snowy night with streetlights. I am going to include these anyway. It was a beautiful program which I saw on video. Modern technology is great, but I am awkward with it. If you would like to see the site with the pretty snowy scene, go to: https://www.facebook.com/BuckhannonSDA/videos/124316742748801 where it is live streaming.
I got a call from Zerah Litton who told me that he has been reading my Chats often and enjoys them a lot. He lives somewhere in Braxton County that is near where my grandparents, Arley McNemar and Golda (Whytsell) McNemar were born and raised and married as teenagers. Custis, Centralia, Little Birch, etc. He is about my age and remembers seeing my grandfather and knew my grandmother’s half-brother, Rice, or Ricey. And he also remembers being in a church and saw my great-grandmother (Amanda Matilda Lake McNemar) with a hand on the back of a pew to balance herself, reciting whole chapters of the Bible. She would ask the audience to look the chapters up and follow along to see if she made any mistakes. He said he likes my “Chat because they are all Bible” which is my goal. I love the Bible and will finish reading a Clear Word Bible version completely at the end of December. Then I will start on my 39th time of reading the Bible through in a year. I may choose another translation or read Clear Word again because I like it so much.
Our studies for this past quarter in our Sabbath School have been about EDUCATION. Starting with ‘Education in the Garden of Eden’ the first week, then other titles down to the final chapter, ‘Heaven, Education, and Eternal Learning.’ “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God had prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9, NKJV). (Our Memory Verse for the week.)
“Eternal life makes so much sense in light of the cross; in light of the cross, nothing else makes sense but eternal life. That the Creator of the universe, the One who ‘made the worlds’ (Heb. 1:2) [NOTICE, that is plural – the worlds! This sentence is mine.] He is the One in whom ‘we live, and move, and have our being’ (Acts 17:28), that He, God, should incarnate in human flesh and in that flesh die . . .for what? That we ultimately rot, like roadkill?... How silly not to be ready for the eternity that awaits us.” This paragraph is from Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide Oct I Nov I Dec 2020, page 109.
These lessons have been very exciting, especially thinking of traveling to other worlds and meeting people from other planets. Our final home will be this Earth we live on now but renewed by the fires that destroy all the evil that has accumulated over the time since creation. “Heaven is a school; its field of study, the universe; its teacher, the Infinite One. A branch of this school was established in Eden’ and, the plan of redemption accomplished, education will again be taken up in the Eden school.” — Ellen G. White, Education, p. 301.
We know that eternity in the new existence won’t be a mere continuation of what our lives are here because we learn that old things are passed away and all has become new. We know there will be no sickness, sorrow, or death, but we shall know, even as we are known. Choose to be a part of that eternity. John 17:3 “and this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true God and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”